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2017-18 MUSICIANS INSTITUTE & MUSICIANS FOUNDATION SPONSORED FREE CLASSES @THE GRAMMY MUSEUM FOR LAUSD STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2017-2018 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.

The Grammy Museum has become an important gateway for supporting and preserving music education as a major sponsor of school tours and music classes for LA area middle and high school students who are suffering from severe cuts in arts education in their own school’s budget.

During 2017-18, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI/The MF will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsors for the months of November, March and April.

This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 10th consecutive year), has inspired and delighted thousands of high school students while imparting valuable knowledge and experience that are at the heart of making, understanding and appreciating both music and the music industry.  

Some classes may be available to the public, contact The Grammy Museum directly for more details.  All classes start at 11am.

 

Introduction to Today’s DJ Techniques: Charlie Sputnik

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

International DJ and musician Charlie Sputnik will demonstrate hands-on DJ techniques as well as discuss the various modern tools available to today’s aspiring DJs. Other important areas including obtaining gigs, promotion and contracts will be covered.

 

Introduction to Foley Recording and EditingMehdi Hassine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  AND   Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Using professional sound libraries and movie scene analysis, veteran Musicians Institute instructor (and top studio engineer and industry consultant in production and post-production) Mehdi Hassine will demonstrate and introduce students to the recording and editing techniques involved in synchronizing background and sound effects as well as what is involved in Foley sessions (footsteps and props) for film.

 

Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 AND  Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Join veteran instructor Darryl Swann as he gives students a hands-on demonstration of sampling techniques, mixing principles and how to use an old-school drum machine and vinyl records to create beats. Starting his career in a metal band, Cleveland-born Swann has worked with artists such as Mos Def, Rick Rubin, Will I Am, Raphael Saddiq, Stevie Wonder and Macy Gray (producing her triple platinum smash hit album On How Life Is, featuring the Grammy Award-winning song I Try, and her follow-up record The Id).

 

Today’s Drummer: Creating Ableton Live Loops and the Drum Set:  Donny Gruendler

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Many of today’s biggest rock, pop, R&B and hip hop acts use laptops, loops and Ableton Live to augment their live stage performances. Today’s high-profile drummers are emulating, embracing and working with DJs and newer technologies. This workshop will demonstrate how to create loops and backing tracks within Ableton Live. Students will participate interactively by recording hand claps, voices and various sound EFX into the instructor’s laptop and be shown how to make great loops out of these “on-the-spot” textures.

 

Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel, Aaron Meza

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Want to learn how to “put your best foot forward” when entering a career in the music industry? Join Musicians Institute professors Dan Kimpel and Aaron Meza as they discuss a wide range of music career opportunities with students. Kimpel, author of the best-selling Networking in the Music Business and Meza, author of You’ve Written a Song So Now What? Both have a long history in the music industry and are considered leading authorities on popular music.

 

Hook, Lines and Sinkers- A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  AND Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Learn about lyric writing, using metaphors, similes, rhythms and rhymes in your lyrics, casting your song like a movie, creating story lines and characters and more as Anika Paris, a published songwriter with Universal Polygram and Warner Bros., leads students in exercises that will challenge them to begin their songwriting process. Students will be given a songwriting overview before being asked to pen their own creation to share with the class.

 

Networking Strategies: Aaron Meza

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Success in a changing music industry is determined by the strength and longevity of personal contacts: who you know, what you know and, most important, who knows you. Join Musicians Institute professor (and leading authority on popular music) Aaron Meza for this practical course, in which students will learn about different types of communication, social techniques, and presentation skills important to making personal contacts in all strata of the music business and building a professional support network.

 

Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum Education programs since 2008, and is a proud Grammy Museum College Affiliate.

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Musicians Institute Alums Featured Performers @Only in Hollywood Festival – Nov. 5-8th! #OIH2015

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The excitement is building as MI’s highly talented alums prepare to take the stage at the first-ever, highly anticipated: “Only in Hollywood Festival” going on this weekend!  Both shows are free, and are part of the walkable festival crawl that showcases great music, art, food, and “happenings” in Hollywood, across dozens of venues and restaurants.

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Be sure to check out these great MI alumni bands!

  • Thursday Night (11/5) at 7pm – We Are The Big Bang –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We are the Big Bang- Luis Munoz- Electric Guitar Oliver Lee- Keys Kyle Rector- Percussion Enrique Hinojosa- Bass Cheyenne Jolene- Vox and Tambo Elaine Faye- Vox and Rhythm Guitar

  • Friday Night (11/6) at 9pm –Jared James Nichols –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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Jared James Nichols

The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We’ll see you there, and all around the festival!

PS- Be sure to buy a $1 Festival button for great discounts on food, drink, merch and shows!  And…say hello to the many MI students who are working as Festival volunteers!

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THE 2015 STANLEY CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP FINALS CONCERT – DEC. 4, 2015

 

Friday, Dec. 4th  |   8-9:30pm

Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

FREE ADMISSION – OPEN TO ALL, NO RSVP NEEDED!

The Stanley Clarke Band will perform, and the celebrity judges will be in the house as FIVE of MI’s most talented students will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at the MI Concert Hall on Friday Dec. 4th at 8pm. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation and Musicians Institute and managed by The Musicians Foundation.  

Stanley Clarke, (and his band) will perform and a panel of well known music industry judges (to be announced in November) will choose TWO finalist winners who will each receive a scholarship prize package of $9,000 from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.  Three runners-up will receive a scholarship (tuition discount) award of $2,000 each. 

2014 Scholarship Concert: Alphonse Mouzon with Stanley

2014 Scholarship Concert: Alphonse Mouzon with Stanley

Stanley Clarke

Bassist, composer, producer Clarke, whose prodigious talent, 40+ albums and 60 film scores, multiple Grammys, Emmys, critics’ and readers’ polls, and gold and platinum records have made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the annals of contemporary music, has selflessly and generously created opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education and realize their own creative vision.

For more than a decade, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music has provided substantial financial assistance to outstanding student performers since its inception and creation by Stanley in 2002.  In recognition of his exemplary and extraordinary support of music education, Stanley was awarded the first-ever honorary Doctor of Music degree from Musicians Institute in 2009.

 
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 Nearby pay parking lots and on-street parking are available:

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

2014-15 MI & MF SPONSORED Free CLASSES @THE GRAMMY MUSEUM FOR LAUSD STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

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The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2014-2015 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students and select GrammyU students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.

The Grammy Museum has become an important gateway for supporting and preserving music education as a major sponsor of school tours and music classes for LA area middle and high school students who are suffering from severe cuts in arts education in their own school’s budget.

During 2014-15, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsor for the month of March, with a focus on Music and Technology.

This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 6th consecutive year), has inspired and delighted thousands of high school students while imparting valuable knowledge and experience that are at the heart of making, understanding and appreciating both music and the music industry.  Some classes may be available to the public, contact The Grammy Museum directly for more details.  All classes start at 11am.

Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum since its inception in 2008.

November 2014: Exploring Music and Technology

Darryl Swann

Darryl Swann

Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 

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Ronen Gordon

Today’s Drummer: Creating Abelton Live Loops and the Drum Set: Ronen Gordon

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

DJ Sputnik at The Grammy Museum

DJ Charlie Sputnik at The Grammy Museum

Intro to Today’s DJ Techniques:  Charlie Sputnik

Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

  

March 2015: Exploring Music and Technology

Appu Krishnan

Appu Krishnan

Sampling Across Genres – Introducing Students to Sample Based Music Production Using Logic Pro: Appu Krishnan

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Mehdi Hassine

Mehdi Hassine

Introduction to Foley Recording and Editing: Mehdi Hassine

Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Linus Lau

Linus Lau

Make and Edit Your Own Music Video: Linus Lau

Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Darryl Swann

Darryl Swann

Beatmaking and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 

 

May 2015: Learning the Business of Music

Anika Paris

Anika Paris

Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris

Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

 
Aaron Meza

Aaron Meza 

Dan Kimpel

Dan Kimpel

Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza

Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Mark Cross at The Grammy Museum

Mark Cross at The Grammy Museum

Writing Music for Film and Television:  Mark Cross

Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Dan Kimpel

Dan Kimpel

Networking Strategies: Dan Kimpel

Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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To learn more about the Grammy Museum educational course offerings for 2014-2015 please Click here

 

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THE 2014 STANLEY CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP FINALS CONCERT – NOV. 23, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 23rd  |   8-9:30pm

Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

FREE ADMISSION – OPEN TO ALL, NO RSVP NEEDED!

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

The Stanley Clarke Band will perform, and the celebrity judges will be in the house as FIVE of MI’s most talented students will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at the MI Concert Hall on Sunday Nov. 23rd at 8pm. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation and Musicians Institute and managed by The Musicians Foundation.  

Stanley Clarke, (and his band featuring Ruslan Sirota, Ronald Bruner Jr., and Paul Jackson Jr.) will perform and a panel of well known music industry judges (Doug Webb, Sunnie Paxson, Kennard Ramsey, and more to be announced) will choose TWO finalist winners who will each receive a scholarship prize package of $9,000 from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.  Three runners-up will receive a scholarship (tuition discount) award of $2,000 each.

Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music-MI at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke performs at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke

Bassist, composer, producer Clarke, whose prodigious talent, 40+ albums and 60 film scores, multiple Grammys, Emmys, critics’ and readers’ polls, and gold and platinum records have made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the annals of contemporary music, has selflessly and generously created opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education and realize their own creative vision.

For more than a decade, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music has provided substantial financial assistance to outstanding student performers since its inception and creation by Stanley in 2002.  In recognition of his exemplary and extraordinary support of music education, Stanley was awarded the first-ever honorary Doctor of Music degree from Musicians Institute in 2009.

The Stanley Clarke Band and Judges:

Ruslan Sirota

Ruslan Sirota

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Doug Webb

Doug Webb

Sunnie Paxson

Sunnie Paxson

Kennard Ramsey

Kennard Ramsey

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 Nearby pay parking lots and on-street parking are available:

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Announcing the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

Click HERE for all information and application form

2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship

Stanley Clarke wants YOU!!

Attention! Talented (current) MI students are invited to apply and submit their DVDs for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

 

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Stanley is looking for the best, brightest and most talented musicians at Musicians Institute!

Two grand prize winners will be awarded a tuition discount and cash prize package of $9,000 each. Three runners-up will win a tuition discount and cash prize package of $2,000 each.

This scholarship will be determined on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma in any style or genre of music.

Please visit our scholarship website for all information, application details and deadlines. This scholarship is open to CURRENT MI performance program students (AA and Bachelor’s Program) ONLY.

The Finals Performance event (with the top five finalists) will be held at the MI Concert Hall on November 23, 2014 at 8pm.   This event will be open to the public, and will feature celebrity music industry judges who will also perform with the finalists. More details regarding ticketing will be announced in the near future as we get closer to the event. Current MI students will be admitted to the event free of charge.

Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music-MI at 2012 scholarship event

Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music-MI at 2012 scholarship event

With 2012 winners and judges

With 2012 winners and judges

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Applications are due: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

 

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: STANLEY CLARKE

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the second in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with four-time Grammy™ winner, jazz pioneer, bass virtuoso and living legend: Stanley Clarke!

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

We know that (in reality) we can’t actually “catch up” with Stanley, because he is an amazing blur in perpetual creative motion: performing, evolving, composing, mentoring, and serving as an inspirational role model.

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We’re honored that Stanley has served as member of our board since 2009 and that he has generously sponsored a performance scholarship in his name via his own foundation  for “the best and brightest talents” at Musicians Institute every year since 2000.

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Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music (MI) at his 2012 scholarship event

Here is the classic and extremely star-studded video from “Night School” filmed at Musicians Institute (for the SC scholarship concert) in 2002! You’ll even spot fellow MF board member Sheila E taking a slamming drum and timbale solo: 

We’re looking forward to the 2014 scholarship concert event (with very special guest judge/performers TBA) to be held on November 23rd at Musicians Institute Concert Hall. This event will be open to the public, and ticketing details will be posted as the event gets closer.  Applications and full information for the 2014 event is available HERE.

We found Stanley last weekend, (coming off of several live dates performing as The Stanley Clarke Trio (feat. 17 year old virtuoso Beka Gochiashvili – keys, 19 year old phenom Michael Mitchell – drums) closing the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28th.

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Beka and Stanley

Here, Stanley talks about bringing up talent, teaching and being a mentor to younger players (with appearances by Beka and Michael): 

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George Duke and Stanley Clarke

Just two weeks ago (June 14), Stanley and vocalist Al Jarreau headlined a special tribute in honor of longtime friend and collaborator George Duke featuring John Beasley, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Ndugu, Byron Miller, Greg Phillinganes, Jeffrey Osborne and Phil Perry at the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl.

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Yet another accolade was extended to Stanley recently when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy Awards) invited him to join the organization along with 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

The 2014 invitees are listed here.

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Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke

For the entire month of July, Stanley will be touring Europe with Chick Corea, on the festival circuit performing “The Songs of Return Forever” as a duo. First stop is tomorrow (July 3rd) for the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway.

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Looking ahead…Stanley has a new record set to be released September 30th featuring Stewart Copeland, Paul Jackson Jr., Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic and MI alumnus), the Harlem String Quartet, and more.

To stay up to date on the latest of what’s happening with Stanley, you can find him online:

Here are a couple of other great clips of Stanley showing us how it’s done!:

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All we can say is…”wow”:

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Joe Henderson. (L’S BOP)

 

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Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship Established, Celebration Event Set for May 14th in Hollywood

 

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Members of the public, students, alumni, and all are cordially invited to celebrate Chuck’s life (and teachings) alongside his friends and family on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – in MI’s Concert Hall (doors open at 8pm). Please come to share your Chuck stories, fond memories, pictures and jam alongside our Latin LPW faculty band. Please RSVP to stewartj@mi.edu (MI Faculty, Students and Staff do not need to RSVP).

Donate to the Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship Fund:

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Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation have created a drum scholarship to honor the memory, exceptional talent and artistic career of longtime MI Drum faculty member Chuck Silverman. Donations to the scholarship are 100% tax deductible, and may be made via two methods:

METHOD 1) Checks can be made out to: 

  • THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

MAIL TO:

  • c/o Beth Marlis
  • 6752 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Hollywood CA 90028

Please put “Chuck Silverman Scholarship” in the memo line. You will receive a hard copy letter, as proof of donation for your records and IRS purposes.

 

METHOD 2) Secure, tax-deductible online donations can be made directly to The Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship fund:

http://www.themusiciansfoundation.org/Donation.aspx

 Fill out the entire online form and be sure to check these areas:

  • Please choose a program: Drum Program
  • If you do not see the area you wish to support listed above, enter your area of interest:  CHUCK SILVERMAN
  • Is this a gift in honor of, or in memory of someone? Yes

You will receive an instant emailed receipt, as proof of donation for your records and IRS purposes.

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MF Exec. Director to Moderate Post-Screening Q&A with Classical Guitar Great: Sharon Isbin March 31st

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We are delighted to announce that our Executive Director (and VP at MI), Beth Marlis will moderate the post-screening Q&A for the inspiring new documentary “SHARON ISBIN: TROUBADOUR” for the LA Chapter of The Recording Academy on March 31st.

Please don’t miss this one and RSVP to the LA Chapter for this PRIVATE, INVITATION only screening (you must be a Recording Academy member)!

Here’s a 4 minute excerpt of the film: 

This documentary portrait of the world’s premier classical guitarist shows us a trailblazing performer and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field. The film explores what it takes to nurture a dream against all odds to become a world class musician.

FREE, in-depth Hollywood Community EMERGENCY and DISASTER RESPONSE Training Course from LAFD

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Are YOU ready?!?

Be prepared when emergency hits, for yourself and for our community!

 You are cordially invited to a free community EMERGENCY and DISASTER RESPONSE Training course.

The LA Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in many emergency situations.

All members of the Hollywood community, businesses, residents, students and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this EMERGENCY DISASTER training course, which is free of charge.

(CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Training

  • Every Tuesday Evening, for seven consecutive weeks

  • Beginning March 4th – April 15th   from  7-9:30pm  

  • Musicians Institute Concert Hall   

     1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (corner of Hawthorn).  Street & nearby paid parking is available.

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What to expect:             

Class 1 – Earthquake Awareness

Class 2 – Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques      

Class 3 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 1)                                            

Class 4 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 2)                                            

Class 5 – Light Search and Rescue Operations

Class 6 – Team Organization and Disaster Psychology

Class 7 – Terrorism and Homeland Defense

 

REGISTRATION:    RSVP required to Michael Phifer at michaelp@mi.edu before the deadline date of 02/21/2014.  Registrants should make a full commitment to participate in ALL class sessions throughout the entire program length.

Community Emergency Response Team Unit, LAFD Disaster Preparedness Section

For more information about the “CERT” program please visit: http://www.cert-la.com/

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